Now I accept that Butland may have a bright future ahead of him, but can Southampton really afford to be buying up the future of English football whilst ignoring the demands of the present? Butland may be the new Banks, Shilton or Seaman, but at the moment he is nothing more than a bright young prospect, and keepers, like quality wine, mature with age. As good as the boy is, he will make mistakes whilst young and will suffer a dip or two in form. It's all very well looking good on the training field and in the lower divisions, but in front of a full house at Old Traford, with the eyes of the world watching, you have to be very special indeed to cope with the pressure, as Manchester United's own young keeper discovered last season.
And meanwhile, Southampton have a perfectly good keeper in Kelvin Davis so surely other positions should be the priority? Mind you, Birmingham's decision to reject a £6m offer is also staggering. They really must rate the boy to turn that sort of money down given their current plight!